In a message dated 5/1/2003 1:22:36 PM Central Standard Time,
> Yes. I have a copy (made from microfische) of the original and a
> translation by J. Pain and C. Bainton, published by Ruth Bean, Carlton,
> Bedford, 1979. For example: 1 1/8 or bo is 37.1 inches or 1.03 yds. You
> have different sized patterns in the book, therefore they are coded to know
> what size by the measurements. For example: on p. 23 f.15 is bs or 1 1/6
> Ells along the center front, while f.16 is bt or 1 1/3 Ells along the
Be sure to note (and Janet Arnold bitches about it, too in the back of
Patterns of Fashion) that what the Alcega translation calls an "ell" actually
isn't. It's a Castillian baras (aka varas or Spanish yard). An "ell" (the
English version was standardized by King Somebody in the 1400's) is 45 inches
long. A "Baras" is 33 inches long. Ther's no "Spanish Ell" as far as I know.
The translation has an baras being 83-ish cm long (correct) but calling it an
ell is a translation error. Just an FYI.
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